Explaining the Evolution of Passenger Vehicle Miles Traveled in the United States

After growing steadily for several decades, passenger vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the United States unexpectedly leveled off in the 2000s. The underlying causes have major implications for future US oil consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; but despite speculation in the popular media, the causes are unknown.

Working Paper by Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Clayton Munnings — Sept. 7, 2016